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Rice transfer guard Marcus Evans down to Arizona, Miami, and VCU

A possible transfer guard could be heading to Tucson

NCAA Basketball: UAB at Rice Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

After scoring 19 points per game this year and 21.4 points per game his freshman year, Rice Owls guard Marcus Evans announced on March 27 that he would be transferring away from the Houston area school.

On Thursday, a report came out from ESPN that Evans is down to the Arizona Wildcats, VCU Rams, and Miami Hurricanes as the final three teams that he’s considering.

Evans’ decision to transfer came after Rice head coach Mike Rhoades took the VCU job this offseason. But Evans says it was about more than just that when deciding to leave Rice.

"Definitely playing in a bigger conference and playing in the tournament is a goal of mine," Evans told the Houston Chronicle. "That's the goal every season is to make it into the tournament. Obviously I want to be in a place with the opportunity to do that. But at the end of the day, it's going to come down to the best fit for me, my family and where I feel like I can make an impact and help me keep developing."

NBC Sports called him one of the top available transfers this year, saying that Evans is “A proven scorer who has become more well-rounded this season, Evans could be a high-quality addition to any program this offseason.”

Evans will have to sit out the upcoming season, and then will have two years of eligibility remaining after that. He was 86-of-229 from three-point range this year, which was an area he drastically improved in from his freshman year (30.6% to 37.6%). Most of the rest of his numbers dipped a bit.

In two years, Evans became just the 12th player in Rice history to put up 1,000 points, 200 rebounds, 200 assists, and 100 steals. He also set the C-USA sophomore scoring record in 2016-17.

Rice went 23-12 this past season, and finished 5th in C-USA with an 11-7 conference record.